The Hartford Police Department shut down the 700 block of Maple Avenue early last week to investigate a hit and run accident. According to reports, a 24 year-old man was hit by a vehicle at around 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning. He was rushed to the Hartford Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
The vehicle which caused the fatal accident did not stay on the scene. But, police announced they had the vehicle's make, model and possible license information. Nevertheless, authorities were asking anyone with information on the incident to contact them immediately.
Given the amount of information available to the police, there is a chance that they will locate the vehicle and driver responsible for the accident. While investigation is ongoing, it is also possible that the driver will be found responsible for the death.
As a result, the family of the victim may have a cause of action for wrongful death. This type of lawsuit is a special negligence action which imposes liability not for damages to the victim but for damages to the family.
This can, and often does, include lost earnings and support. It may also include other damages for the loss of a loved one. Since the potential recovery can vary wildly depending upon the person' age and other circumstances, victims' families are encouraged to get professional assistance.
Local Hartford attorneys have decades of experience handling this type of specialized litigation. They can help families understand their rights and maximize the recovery. These local professionals will undoubtedly ease the burden on the family to pursue such recovery on their own.
Source: The Hartford Guardian, "Hartford Police Probe Hit-and-Run on Maple Avenue," Nov. 24, 2013